Kiev Must Lead the Charge for Peace

Mrs. Zelenska’s Sept 5 tweet: It is Russia that invaded Ukraine, destroys cities and kills civilians. Ukrainians defend their land and their children’s future. If we give up – we will not exist tomorrow. If Russia gives up – war will be over. Dear Mrs Zelenska, Please excuse my tardy reply to your twitter response … Continue reading “Kiev Must Lead the Charge for Peace”

Anti-War Voices Warn US Bill on Taiwan ‘Will Make War Much More Likely’

A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill to dramatically boost American military support for Taiwan, a move that prompted warnings from both China and anti-war voices in the United States that such a policy increases the likelihood of armed conflict. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17-5 in favor of the Taiwan Policy … Continue reading “Anti-War Voices Warn US Bill on Taiwan ‘Will Make War Much More Likely’”

‘Dear Friends’ Xi and Putin: Project Unity

In the official Chinese and Russian statements regarding Thursday’s meeting between Presidents XI Jinping and Vladimir Putin in Samarkand lies not a scintilla of evidence that China’s support for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has weakened. In my view, if Putin decides to up the ante in Ukraine, XI would be likely to support him. Most … Continue reading “‘Dear Friends’ Xi and Putin: Project Unity”

Europe, More Than Putin, Must Shoulder the Blame for the Energy Crisis

Outraged western leaders are threatening a price cap on imports of Russian natural gas after Moscow cut supplies to Europe this month, deepening an already dire energy and cost-of-living crisis. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Europe will “freeze” this winter unless there is a change of tack. In this back-and-forth, the … Continue reading “Europe, More Than Putin, Must Shoulder the Blame for the Energy Crisis”

The New Cold War Has Made US Liberals Learn To Love the Bomb

In a recent white paper, the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy’s Christopher Mott examines a deep realignment in American political ideology, the replacement of "the older rationalizations for primacy, hegemony, and interventionism" with "neo-imperialism with a moral face." Mott finds that this ongoing transition reflects changes in ruling class norms. American elites, more connected than … Continue reading “The New Cold War Has Made US Liberals Learn To Love the Bomb”

Europe Commits Suicide-by-Sanctions

A Swiss billboard is making the rounds on social media depicting a young woman on the telephone. The caption reads, "Does the neighbor heat the apartment to over 19 degrees (66F)? Please inform us." While the Swiss government has dismissed the poster as a fake, the penalties Swiss citizens face for daring to warm their … Continue reading “Europe Commits Suicide-by-Sanctions”

US Ups the Ante: Are We Indeed Headed Into WWIII and What Can Save Us?

The UK and Commonwealth may be mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday. I am in mourning as well, but for a very different reason: the gathering in the Ramstein air base in Germany yesterday reshuffled the deck on Western military and financial assistance to Ukraine, raising contributions to the ongoing holy crusade against … Continue reading “US Ups the Ante: Are We Indeed Headed Into WWIII and What Can Save Us?”